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Police: Salem boy made up story about stranger grabbing him near bus stop

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Flier distributed in Salem neighborhood after a boy falsely reported being grabbed by a stranger. (Source: KPTV) Flier distributed in Salem neighborhood after a boy falsely reported being grabbed by a stranger. (Source: KPTV)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A 9-year-old boy who said he was grabbed by a stranger near his bus stop in Salem made up the story because he didn't want to go to school, according to police.

The Salem Police Department put out an alert Monday after a boy said he was grabbed while walking from his home to the school bus stop near the intersection of Stellars Eagle Street Northwest and Bald Eagle Northwest.

The boy told investigators he pulled away from the man, who then pushed him to the ground.

Police said the boy was later found walking along Highway 22 by an Oregon State Police trooper. He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Fliers were distributed in the neighborhood about the incident with a description of the suspect and his car. One neighbor told FOX 12 he checked his surveillance camera to see if it recorded anyone suspicious in the area.  

On Thursday, police said the boy made the whole thing up.

After the child was interviewed again by a school resource officer, police said he recanted his story, saying he ran away because he did not want to go to school.

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